The Tower of Positive Thinking

Architects color the skyscraper green

Love Triangles

Is there anyone in the world who gets as turned on by simple geometric shapes as your average architect? That's a rhetorical question. Whether it's a beautiful rectangle, or a devastating rhombus, architects love to get all hot and bothered by the simplest of forms. Catch the Euclidian fever when Mark Foster Gage, of Gage/Clemenceau Architects, speaks about how digital form-making technologies are steering designers back to beauty through geometry and topology in his lecture Forms of Seduction. March 28, 6:30pm, Pratt Manhattan, 144 W 14th, 212-647-7199, $80

Tower of Scour

Get a rise out of the 7 World Trade Center elevators
photo: Ruggero Vanni
Get a rise out of the 7 World Trade Center elevators

You saw it in Dave Chappelle's Block Party. You've listened to people debate whether it is architecture or outside art; and whether it's more like Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Familia or Sabato Rodia's Watts Towers. For the past 28 years, self-taught architect Arthur Wood has been adding to his outlandish home-cum-art-piece in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn one found ashtray and discarded fender at a time. Now go see the Broken Angel of Clinton Hill in person, before it gets turned into condos or burns to the ground in another fire. 4 Downing St at Quincy, Bklyn

The Power Procrastinator

Admit it: For years, every time the subject arose at a cocktail party you pretended that you had already avidly read "The Power Broker," Robert A. Caro's voluminous masterpiece on the life of Robert Moses. So you felt relieved when you heard that the Museum of the City of New York had put together an exhibit on the life of arguably the most powerful city planner in New York's history. Except that for months now, you've been procrastinating on that too! Redeem yourself and finally stop faking it with this curator-led private tour of Robert Moses & the Modern City: Remaking the Metropolis. April 17, 6pm, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave, 212-534-1672

The Outsiders

Everybody loves a Park Avenue client. But apparently there are some stir-crazy designers who have recently begun to venture in search of clients beyond the far reaches of Manhattan. And, no, we're not talking about the Hamptons. In the exhibit Design for the Other 90%, curator Cynthia E. Smith displays work from the growing ranks of designers who are creating everything from shelter to transportation systems for people around the planet living in poverty or recovering from natural disasters. May 4–Sept. 23, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 E 91st, 212-849-8400

Canal Pleasures

All across the city, planners and developers are struggling to reclaim New York's industrial waterfront for recreational purposes. These days, nowhere is the deconstruction of New York's industrial past more dramatic than along the oozing banks of the Gowanus Canal. Rising big-box stores, crumbling factories, punk-infested squat houses—the Gowanus Canal of South Brooklyn has it all! Including a bed of oysters that, somehow, continue to live inside the canal. For the time being, eschew the Gowanus on the half shell. Instead, enjoy the post-industrial mishmash while cruising down the canal in a canoe, on an Estuary Discovery Tour, sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club. May 5, from 1 to 5pm, 2nd Street Dock, Bklyn, 718-243-0849

House Patrol

Suburban housing developments tend to be the bane of American architecture, carving up rural enclaves into boxy McMansions, and triggering paroxysms of displeasure among humorless architecture critics (see Rybczynski, Witold). Not so, the Houses at Sagaponac. Dreamed up by the late developer Harry J. Brown and coordinated by the ubiquitous starchitect Richard Meier, this 65-acre site in the Hamptons will eventually feature 34 summer houses designed by a insanely talented roster of architects—including Thomas Phifer, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, and Carlos Jimenez. The first of the houses are now completed. More are on the way. Most are visible from the side of the road, making them perfect subjects for curbside ogle-thons. 21 Forest Crossing, Sagaponack, NY, 212-683-4400, housesatsagaponac.com

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